wring

To wring something is to twist or squeeze it, usually out of its original shape. If you annoy someone enough, they might threaten to wring your neck.

If you do laundry by hand, then you most likely wring out your shirts to get rid of excess water before hanging them out to dry. You can also wring out someone's hair after washing it. As you can tell, the word often has to do with getting liquids out of something. You might wring tears out of a person's eyes if you tell him the sad story of the day you lost your puppy.

Definitions of wring
  1. noun
    a twisting squeeze
    “gave the wet cloth a wring
    synonyms: squeeze
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    type of:
    motion, movement
    a natural event that involves a change in the position or location of something
  2. verb
    twist and press out of shape
    synonyms: contort, deform, distort
    wrench
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
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    types:
    morph
    change shape as via computer animation
    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  3. verb
    twist, squeeze, or compress in order to extract liquid
    wring the towels”
    Synonyms:
    contort, deform, distort
    twist and press out of shape
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    type of:
    crush, mash, squash, squeeze, squelch
    to compress with violence, out of natural shape or condition
  4. verb
    twist and compress, as if in pain or anguish
    Wring one's hand”
    synonyms: wrench
    contort, deform, distort
    twist and press out of shape
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    type of:
    distort, twine, twist
    form into a spiral shape
  5. verb
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    synonyms: extort, gouge, rack, squeeze
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    types:
    bleed
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, pluck, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
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